Saturday, September 1, 2012

PAKISTAN: Serious concerns about the ongoing enforced disappearances and lack of action by the government

On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, it is very disappointing that no serious effort has been taken to resolve the issue of enforced disappearances in Pakistan which are carried out by the armed forces, intelligences agencies and other law enforcement agencies. Despite the formation of several judicial and official commissions on enforced disappearances the practice continues. The enforced disappearances in Pakistan in general and Balochistan in particular are ongoing and despite appeals by international agencies and the families of the victims nothing appears to be happening to either curtail the disappearances or recover the victims. In view of the apparent lack of action on behalf of the judicial and government authorities the family members have lost all confidence in the institutions of justice. They have only their hope that one day soon, the missing persons will be returned to them alive. However, when they learn or discover that the bodies of their loved ones have been dumped on the street this has a chilling effect on the families of other victims.

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